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Jim Ross On Why Steve Austin Never Wrestled Hulk Hogan

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WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has given his views on why he thinks Stone Cold Steve Austin never squared up one-on-one with Hulk Hogan.

For many years wrestling fans have wondered what would have happened if the two greatest wrestling stars of their generations locked up in a one-on-one match. Hulk Hogan ruled wrestling in the eighties before reinventing himself as Hollywood Hogan in WCW in the mid-nineties.

Stone Cold Steve Austin, however, became the undisputed king of attitude in the late nineties in WWE. His popularity and feud with Vince McMahon helped propel WWE to new heights and ultimately win the vaunted Monday Night Wars.

But the two men never clashed in a singles match despite both being part of WWE in early 2002. The closest fans got to seeing that dream match came in March 2002 when Hogan teamed with his nWo partners Hall and Nash to face Austin and The Rock in a handicap match on Raw. Of course, this led to the classic encounter between The Rock and Hogan at WrestleMania 18.

Speaking on his Grilling JR podcast, current AEW announcer Jim Ross discussed the Judgement Day event in 2002 that was headlined by Hogan taking on The Undertaker for the Undisputed WWE Championship. Ross explained why Austin didn’t want to face Hogan and instead was relegated on the card to facing Ric Flair and The Big Show in a handicap match:

“Austin didn’t have the match with Hogan because he didn’t want to have the match the Undertaker did. Hogan was battered, beat up, multiple back surgeries. It’s funny when people say ‘What’s the really important things to learn in pro wrestling training?’ Well, you’ve got to learn to take a great flatback bump because about 98% of the stuff you see ends with a flatback bump.”

“So being able to execute a flatback bump, which sounds very simple, and it is, but a lot of guys spend no time on it, they’d rather spend more time on Tope Suicidas and sh*t like that than how to sell or how to take a flatback.”

Following Judgement Day 2002, Steve Austin only competed in four more televised matches for WWE before he returned to the ring after nineteen years at WrestleMania 38 where he defeated Kevin Owens.

h/t Wrestling Inc.